Representative Randy Weber (R-Texas) has apologized for remarks he made via Twitter equating President Obama’s absence from the solidarity rally in Paris with Adolf Hitler’s actions during World War II.

Jewish advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed yesterday’s apology from Representative Randy Weber (R-Texas) for remarks he made via Twitter equating President Obama’s absence from the solidarity rally in Paris with Adolf Hitler’s actions during World War II.

In his apology, Rep. Weber expressed remorse for his comments and said that he now realizes “that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.” In a letter, ADL said it was deeply disturbed to see the tweet and urged him to not only publicly reject the comparison but to “commit to refrain from using Holocaust images or comparisons in the future.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, issued the following statement:

Members of Congress are entitled to criticize the President, even as in this case, in an absurd and inane way. But invoking the Holocaust and comparing the United States and its government to the Nazis are never appropriate, and never acceptable. Rep. Weber’s apology is an important acknowledgement that his tweet was hurtful and that those analogies only trivialize the Holocaust.

Holocaust analogies have become far too common and too frequently used by public figures. Invoking the Holocaust or Hitler’s name does little to advance the public debate or any credible critique. It is an affront to Jews and other victims of hate and to many Americans who fought heroically against the Nazis.

We hope this incident is a wake-up call and a reminder of the dangers of carelessly reaching for these analogies.

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